Red-legged Partridge – 2003-07 breeding

Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed45
Breeding probable18
Breeding possible12
No of tetrads occupied5 (of 478)25 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1.1%5.1%

The county population of red-legged partridge is sustained by annual releases for the purpose of shooting. Those birds which survive the shooting season are able to breed but it is doubtful that a self sustaining population would endure without further releases. Comparing the results of the two surveys indicates a fivefold increase but in the absence of information on the scale of releases, which appears to be unregulated, it is impossible to meaningfully interpret these findings.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Rees, et al. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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